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Wingin' it with sticky Chinese chicken wings

Posted 4:09pm on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012

I love chicken wings. I eat them all the time, and actually, they are easy to make at home.

I know when you go to your favorite wing place the kitchen is normally in plain sight and you can see all the steps they take. They are tossing wings in bowls with flour, then they toss them into a really big deep fryer for 14 minutes, there is a big beep and the wings are back out into more bowls being tossed in different flavor sauces. And they are delicious. After witnessing this a few times, you begin to get in the mindset "this is how delicious wings are cooked." It may also make you think: "there is no way I could do this a home."

Maybe that is the reason the kitchen is in plain sight?

Well, I am here to say that "delicious" wings do not have to be deep fried. Wings fixed in the oven or grilled are just as delicious and are super easy to make.

Start on your home wing adventure with my super easy and delicious recipe for Sticky Chinese chicken wings. They are savory, hot and sweet -- with a caramelization that deep frying and tossing can't match in flavor.

Sticky Chinese chicken wings

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoons sliced Thai chilies
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brandy (You can use Chinese rice wine or Sherry instead of the Brandy)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Five spice powder

  • 2 pounds chicken wings

Mix all ingredients except wings into a mixing bowl to make marinade.

Cut wings into three pieces through the joints. Discard wing tips, add remaining “drumettes” and “flats” to mixing bowl with marinade, making sure the marinade covers the wings. You can also buy wingettes pre-cut.

Let wings marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. If you have the time you can let them marinate overnight.

To cook you can either grill or roast in the oven.

To grill: Preheat grill to medium heat (350ºF) and grill for 40 minutes turning the wings once at the halfway point (20 minutes).

Oven method: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place baking sheet on the center rack. Cook for 1 hour, turning wings once at the halfway point (30 minutes).

Garnish with leftover slices of green onion and Thai chilies.

Be sure to check out the slideshow above for step-by-step pictures.

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